LOUDER THAN HELL by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman

Louder Than Hell

Heavy metal’s many splintered subgenres make it difficult to crystallize into a single tome. This exhaustive oral history of the blues’ much-maligned bastard cousin, Louder Than Hell, is as definitive as it gets, bonding historical anecdotes to pieces of debauched mythology from the scene’s platinum superstars and fringe icons. Tales like Ronnie James Dio’s invention of the ”devil horns” hand signal will be familiar to true heads, but having Van Halen’s hotel-room destruction lead seamlessly into Judas Priest’s acid trips makes Louder as indispensable as a skull-adorned leather jacket. A-